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Live Event Bridge the Gap

September 2019 Bridge the Gap Skills & Ethics: What Lawyers Need to Know

Event Date: September 22, 2019

$ 199 In Stock

Course Information

Time 09/22/2019 09:00AM EDT
Difficulty Beginner

Course Description

There's no time like the present to learn about what new information is crucial for lawyers. Join us for this interesting program, filled with hot topics in skills and ethics.


  • Newly Admitted NY Attorneys: Earn 6 Skills and 3 Ethics.
  • Newly Admitted NJ Attorneys: Earn 6 General and 3 Ethics.
  • Seasoned NY Attorneys: Earn 6 Skills and 3 Ethics.
  • Seasoned NJ Attorneys: Earn 6 General and 3 Ethics.
  • Seasoned PA Attorneys: Earn 5 General and 2.5 Ethics.

Note: This course is not certified for the Pennsylvania Newly Admitted Bridge the Gap requirement.

Although all of our weekends are titled Bridge the Gap, lectures cover topics of law designed to increase the scope of efficacy of attorneys with all levels of experience.

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Tips and Strategies for Trying Your First Personal Injury Jury Trial
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Trying a case is daunting for an experienced trial attorney, let alone a neophyte. This program, presented by seasoned trial attorney Claire Rush,  will provide new attorneys with a practical framework for preparing and trying their first civil jury trial. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The Nuts and Bolts of Trial Preparation
  • Preparing Requests to Charge and Proposed Verdict Sheets
  • The Importance of Developing a Theme
  • Marshalling Evidence in Preparation for Trial
  • Jury Selection Do’s and Don’ts
  • Trial Motions
  • Opening Statements
  • Direct and Cross Examination
  • Closing Statements
  • Taking the Verdict
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Developing Your Theory and Themes of the Case in Criminal & Civil Trials
with Joseph Bondy

In every matter, civil and criminal, the attorney must develop a strong theory and supporting themes, which simply and persuasively explain why they should win. Developing the best theory and themes of the case allows a practitioner to utilize the dominant emotion and relevant law to their advantage throughout every stage of the litigation. Learning how to brainstorm, identify, and properly deploy the themes in furtherance of the theory, is of critical importance to maximizing one’s chances of prevailing at trial.

In this program, criminal trial attorney Joseph A. Bondy reviews the definitions of the theory and themes of the case, their importance to success, how to develop strong theories and themes, and techniques for their implementation during the course of a case.

11:40AM - 12:55PM
Writing Skills for Federal Litigation
with Joseph Bondy

An attorney’s ability to write clearly, persuasively, and effectively cannot be understated, particularly so in federal court. Knowing the rules, general structure, and flow of a federal criminal case is an important starting point to being able to make timely written arguments which are properly sequenced for maximum effect. Identifying the relevant issues, and researching and arguing the law as supported by the evidence, are skills that are learned and honed through practice.

In this course, criminal trial attorney Joseph A. Bondy discusses best practices for writing in a federal criminal case, from pre-trial motions, to letter-motions, in limine applications, requests to charge, post-verdict motions, and sentencing memoranda.

12:55PM - 01:30PM

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Requests for Admission: The Litigator’s Underutilized Weapon
with David Cohen

Even the most ardent fans of Requests for Admission (RFA’s) freely admit to taking far too little advantage of this tool, while others rarely attempt to utilize it. The first responses to RFA’s are rarely responsive - and usually evasive - due to the type of concessions that are usually sought, and therefore motion practice surrounding RFA’s is essential. Properly executed and argued RFA’s can be game-changers, in negotiating settlements, and even in trial. 

In this course, practitioners will be acquainted with the purpose, utility, and strategic strength of RFA’s. The audience will also be provided with real-world examples of how (and how not to) properly serve, enforce and litigate RFA inquiries.

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Ethics in Trial Advocacy
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The courtroom creates many ethical questions and challenges. Zealously advocating for your clients without violating any ethical rules is a constant challenge. In this program, presented by seasoned litigator Moshe Horn, we will use several real life scenarios, and some examples from pop culture, to analyze the ethical choices and boundaries that trial lawyers commonly face. We will discuss the ethics of witness preparation, cross examination, comments in closing arguments, evidential challenges, jury selection, and more. Lastly, we will discuss some strategies to maximize tactical advantages in the courtroom while still staying within the boundaries of the ethical guidelines.

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Ethically Improve Your Networking Skills
with Stephanie Rodin and Janet Falk

Networking is one of the most important ways to grow your practice throughout your career, but many attorneys struggle to make the most of networking events. In addition, the types of often brief conversations that characterize networking interactions can lend themselves to ethical quandaries. In this program, Public Relations professional Janet Falk and attorney Christopher Seleski will address the best practices of successful networking and guide you to stay within the bounds of the Rules of Professional Conduct.

Attorneys will learn why they should attend events hosted by business and professional organizations whose members are in their target markets, and how to make the most of their attendance. Viewers will learn to put themselves in the role of “curator of resources” and become a business matchmaker, introducing new contacts to those in the attorney’s own network. The program will also provide a step-by-step guide to introducing yourself to the leaders of a host organization, whose members are likely referral sources and prospective clients, as well as tips on creating a memorable elevator pitch. Finally, viewers will prepare to ask problem and solution questions that will prompt new contacts to describe their business successes and ideal clients. All of this will be framed within the context of the model rules of professional responsibility, so attorneys can walk away confident that they can ethically put networking to work.


Stephanie Rodin

Rodin Legal, P.C.

Starting from a young age, Ms. Rodin has been exposed to the healthcare industry, as her immediate family members are either physicians or dentists within various specialties. As a result, medical and legal issues that routinely arose during the practice of medicine and dentistry surrounded her. This provided Ms. Rodin with the expertise that serves as the foundation of her legal practice. Her firm caters to these legal complexities and is dedicated to the growth of professional practices.

Rodin Legal, P.C. concentrates on assisting individual and multi-member healthcare practices to ensure their legal protection and profitability from formation until retirement. From setting up the right legal entity to employment contracts and asset-purchase agreements, Rodin Legal, P.C. is the legal resource to inform practices on how to best protect themselves during their expansion and growth, reduce or avoid audits and run a practice with limited risk.

Joseph Bondy

Law Office of Joseph A. Bondy

Joseph A. Bondy is a criminal defense attorney in private practice in Manhattan. A native New Yorker, Mr. Bondy is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, Columbia University, and Brooklyn Law School. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of New York, the District of Colorado, and the District of Connecticut, the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Circuits, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Bondy has represented literally hundreds of individuals at all stages of criminal litigation. His dedicated courtroom advocacy and written work have won numerous clients dismissals, acquittals, reduced sentences, and appellate reversals.  

Mr. Bondy is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and a life member of the legal committee for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The American Trial Lawyers College rates Mr. Bondy as one of the top 100 criminal trial attorneys in the United States. Mr. Bondy lectures on a variety of federal criminal law topics at various community, bar association and legal programs throughout the country. Mr. Bondy currently serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP). 

Mr. Bondy has been honored to serve as private counsel of choice to over one thousand criminally accused individuals, from all walks of life.

Claire Rush

Barry McTiernan & Moore LLC

Claire Rush is a trial attorney and partner at Barry McTiernan & Moore who specializes in the defense of high exposure personal  injury actions. She has tried more than 125 jury cases to verdict in New York State. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Rush has defended public and private entities against bus, truck, auto, railway, construction, premises, elevator, escalator, environmental, security, police and 42 U.S.C. §1983 actions.

She has received a Preeminent AV rating of 5.0 / 5.0 from Martindale- Hubbell and has been identified as one of the top personal injury defense attorneys in the Metro New York area by Super Lawyer Magazine and American Legal Media. Ms. Rush has been recognized by the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers, the New York Times, and AVENUE Magazine as one of New York City’s top women lawyers in the area of trial practice. She regularly lectures and writes articles about important substantive and procedural issues that impact the defense of personal injury litigation.

David Cohen

Cohen Abuse Analytics Law, LLC

Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney.  

Decades of legal advocacy for consumers in obtaining nursing home negligence settlements and litigation for those harmed by Corporate Abuse Committed by the Nursing Home Industry.

Litigation Support and Consultation for attorneys litigating against the Long Term Care Industry. Register for one of Cohen's Continuing Legal Education Programs on Nursing Home Litigation - 93 minutes.

Advocacy for Consumers through third-party tort litigation and legal malpractice lawsuits who have been harmed by excessive divorce costs and other harms resulting from malpractice and Divorce Attorney Billing Abuse.

Specialized Client Representation and Attorney Instruction:

Elder Abuse and Assisted Living Facility Litigation

Group Homes

Hospital Abuse


Member, New Jersey State Bar Association

Past Chair of Public Education, Mercer County Bar Association

Past Chair of the National Nursing Home Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice 

Past National Chair, American Association for Justice – Sections and Litigation Group Coordination Committee

Chair of over 35 National and State level instructional attorney seminars on Nursing Home Litigation through the American Association for Justice, The New Jersey Association for Justice, The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education - and others.


New Jersey

United States District Court, District of New Jersey

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit


J.D., Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, 1989

B.A., Economics and Philosophy; George Washington University, 1986



Co‑counsel on trial team generating the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey history, Dwyer v. Harborview – in the amount of 13.2 million dollars.  

After hearing 7 weeks of evidence and witnesses, which included photographs of stage IV pressure ulcers (bedsores), evidence of lethal levels of nutritional deprivation, plaintiff’s contentions of falsifications in the medical record and plaintiff’s contentions of inadequate staffing and care, the jury returned with the largest verdict in Hudson County history. Immediately following the verdict, numerous post-verdict filings were made by both the plaintiff and the defense. Over one year after the verdict, the trial judge determined that it had given improper instructions to the jury, as a consequence of the opinions expressed in the text of an unrelated decision released on a different case (that had not been released until nearly a year after this verdict). However, the content of the instructions at issue in Dwyer were agreed upon by Plaintiff, the defense and the Court itself. The Court ordered the parties to re-try the case. Soon, the case found its way before the Appellate Division (a higher-level court), with Plaintiff’s contention that the trial court’s instructions were proper, were wholly in line with the as-yet unreleased and unrelated decision and were unassailable by virtue of the fact that they were acceded to by the defense. 

For those reasons, Plaintiff’s filing with the Appellate Division demanded that the $13,200,00 verdict remain intact. 

While that issue was pending in the appellate court, the case resolved confidentially for an undisclosed sum. 

The verdict was the subject of an intense two-day attorney instructional seminar in Washington, DC, co-chaired by Cohen, numerous local and national articles, received coverage on the front page of the New York Times and remains the largest nursing home verdict in New Jersey History.


Worked directly with the United States Department of Justice on the matter of United States v. Mercer County. This is the only CRIPA (Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons) claim ever brought by the United States Government against a New Jersey Nursing Home. Cohen worked closely with both investigators and the U.S. Attorney’s Office - on a confidential basis prior to release of findings - in uncovering sub‑standard conditions at a facility known then as the Mercer County Geriatric Center. The coordinated effort resulted in not only a lawsuit filed by the United States against Mercer County Geriatric Center, but additionally the appointment of significant oversight – leading to higher quality care for the residents at that facility.  

Janet Falk

Falk Communications & Research

Janet Falk is a communications professional with more than 25 years experience in-house and at public relations agencies. Prior to launching Falk Communications and Research in 2009, she served as Media Relations Counsel for more than 350 attorneys in the Corporate & Securities, Private Equity, Financial Industry, Bankruptcy, Securities Litigation and New York Commercial Litigation practice groups at Reed Smith LLP. Janet arranged for these attorneys to speak on timely legal and business issues with reporters at The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Law Journal, CNBC and Time magazine, among other top-tier legal, business and trade media. These interviews led to quotes in front-page articles and other news stories, which generated new clients for the law firm, resulting in more than a million dollars in new business.

Earlier in her career, Janet worked in Public Relations and Marketing Communications for Wall Street firms, including Deutsche Bank, Smith Barney and Bear Stearns, in various market sectors (private equity, investment banking, equity research, fixed income and securities clearing). In addition to managing press relations, she composed articles, conference presentations and speeches for senior executives, as well as digital content. Janet has a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature and speaks Spanish and French.

Moshe Horn

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Moshe Horn has earned a national reputation as a trial lawyer as well as an insightful trial strategist, and is skilled in the nuances of jury research and selection in both civil and criminal matters. Moshe is a founding partner of the litigation boutique, Gitlin Horn, & Van De Kieft. specializing in all aspects of trial work. Moshe has tried over 100 jury trials and is one of the few lawyers to have tried criminal cases both as a prosecutor and a defense attorney , and civil cases both as plaintiffs attorney and a defense attorney. additionally moshe is one of the few lawyers who ah tried a class action case to verdict. this unique experience gives Moshe the ability to see a trial from every angle. Moshe has numerous 7 figure plaintiffs verdicts and has achieved superlawyers and best lawyers of New York status many times. Moshe has been an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo law school for 20 years and is a frequent lecturer on trial strategy for lawline, marino, and AAJ. Moshe is also a frequent lecturer to schools and parent groups on issues confronting todays teens and the legal and social issue that they confront.

After graduating Cardozo law school, Moshe spent a decade as an Assistant District Attorney (ADA) in the Manhattan District Attorney's office where he tried more than fifty jury trials to verdict, achieving one of the highest conviction rates in the Manhattan office. He achieved successful outcomes in cases of both violent and white collar crime, including homicides, sex crimes, kidnapping, money laundering and extortion. In addition, he served as a member of the Sex Crimes Unit and the Asian Gang Unit, as well as a domestic violence coordinator in his trial bureau, and his work resulted in numerous grand jury indictments, many of which required advanced wiretapping techniques and the use of undercover officers. He also regularly participated in the office trial advocacy training program and supervised many young lawyers in their development as litigators.

 Moshe transferred this vast trial knowledge into the practice of products liability and mass tort litigation at Kaye Scholer, a leading New York law firm, where he worked on products liability and commercial and white collar litigation matters. At Kaye Scholer Moshe served as a primary trial strategist, bearing active responsibility for the preparation and execution of numerous focus groups and mock trials, as well as the conception and development of advanced trial graphics and jury questionnaires. During his tenure there, Moshe served on the trial teams for numerous mass tort trials including pharmaceutical, asbestos and commercial trials.

To continue his focus on mass tort litigation, Moshe joined Seeger Weiss, and was a member of the trial team that achieved a $47.5 million verdict against Merck for a client's Vioxx related injuries. He contributes broadly to the firm's commercial litigation practice and handles private criminal and personal injury matters as well. He regularly interfaces with jury consultants and conducts mock jury exercises, and consequently can share his insight about juries with current clients.